Sunday, 20 June 2010

Well done England (twice)

I’m writing about England rugby here, not the football last Friday in Cape Town (‘shameful’, my neighbour Christie called it). Yes, the England rugby team beat Australia in Sydney on Saturday morning, by only one point but with a fine display of rugby, the like of which we haven’t seen for many years. It is only the third time we have beaten the Aussies on their home turf, the last occasion being at the same stadium on that famous night in November 2003. The final score this time was Australia 20 England 21 and you can see an Australian press report here.

Also on Saturday, England Saxons (our ‘B’ team) made it to the final of the Churchill Cup, played this year New Jersey. England won 38-18.

Head coach Stuart Lancaster said: "It's a fantastic achievement. Three weeks ago we met in a Heathrow hotel with disappointed players not making the senior tour and young players who came in straight from the Premiership and collectively to put all that together and form a team is great, I'm really proud.”

Match report here.

Next Wednesday England play the New Zealand Maoris in Napier. (0830 kick off, on Sky Sports 1 ) and from the televised game I saw this week, when the Maoris beat Ireland 31-28, they will provide very tough opposition. Match report here:

It's quite an exciting time to be a rugby fan!

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